#SEFSkopje2023

11.11.2023 | Hotel Holiday Inn | Skopje | North Macedonia

What is SEF-Skopje?

In many countries, the socio-ecological transformation is an opportunity for clean and affordable energy that will create jobs, boost economic growth, and ensure energy independence. Yet, in the developing world, the transformation is seen as a threat to the existing conventional energy system that offers stability and social peace. In our region, the Western Balkans, where every 4th citizen lives in energy poverty, this is not only a technical or economic issue but also a social and political one. To address it properly, changes in policies, businesses and behavioral choices are needed with all actors on board.

In that regard, the Socio-Ecological Forum Skopje offers a unique platform that unites progressive leaders, civil society, academia, journalists, trade unions and youth from the wider European continent to ensure a transformation that is socially just. Due to its inclusive and dynamic character, it offers a meaningful exchange onto ongoing social challenges of ambitious energy and climate policies between the European, national, and local level.

This year, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has the pleasure to invite you to the 3rd Socio-Ecological Forum dedicated to “Cities in Transition” that will take place on 10-11 November 2023 in Skopje, North Macedonia.

“Democracy needs democrats, and energy needs democratization!”

Political Leaders

Youth Leaders

NGOs

Think-Tanks

Preliminary Agenda

08:30 - 09:00

Admission & Registration

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome & Introduction

  • René Schlee, FES Dialogue Southeast Europe
  • Jonas Andersson, Olof Palme International Center
  • Sasho Dodovski, Progres Institute for Social Democracy

09:15 - 10:45

Energy Democracy in Our Cities and Communities

  • Razmena Cekic Durovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of N. Macedonia
  • Goran Gerasimovski, Mayor of Centar, N. Macedonia
  • Nikolina Ribarić, Deputy Mayor of Jastrebarsko, Croatia
  • Nora Sophie Griefahn, Director of NGO Cradle to Cradle
  • Aleksander Kavčnik, TU, Slovenia


Moderator:
Selma Šehović, FES SOE

Languages: MK, ENG, ALB

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break & Media Press Statements

11:15 - 11:30

Keynote speech: Prof. Michael Braungart, C2C pioneer | Chair for Eco-Effectiveness and C2C Design | Leuphana University

11:30 - 13:00

Reshaping our Cities through Climate Positive Development

Panel Discussion:

  • Kaja Shukova, Minister for Environment and Spatial Planning of N. Macedonia
  • Pero Kostadinov, Mayor of Valandovo, N. Macedonia
  • Anja Margetić Stakić, Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Emiriana Sako, Mayor of Durres
  • Marin Gregorović, Mayor of Cres, Croatia
  • Dean Kosic, Energy Cooperative Ponikva, Krk, Croatia


Moderator:
Olimpija H. Zaevska, Copenhagen Business School

Languages: MK, ENG, ALB

13:15 - 14:30

Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Parallel Sessions

Option A: Legal & Technical Solutions to Enable Change at Local Level

Workshop with Mayors and Decision-Makers at Local Level from WB and the EU

  • Pero Kostadinov, Mayor of Valadnovo, N.Macedonia
  • Sedat Arif, Deputy Mayor Malmö in charge of Social Affairs, Sweden
  • Emiriana Sako, Mayor of Durres
  • Marin Gregorović, Mayor of Cres, Croatia
  • Goran Gerasimovski, Mayor of Centar, N. Macedonia
  • Anja Margetić Stakić, Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, BiH
  • Helena Austrell, Political Secretary of Upplands-bro Municipality
  • Qemajl Aliu, Mayor of Shtime, Kosovo
  • Sashko Mitovski, Mayor of Kriva Palanka, N. Macedonia
  • Nikolina Ribarić, Deputy Mayor of Jastrebarsko, Croatia
  • Aida Koluder, Member of Council in Centar, Sarajevo, BiH
  • Ema Neshkovska, Member of Council in Gostivar, N. Macedonia
  • Milan Aleksic, Member of Council in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Anel Ibeljić, Member of Council of Tuzla, BiH
  • Filip Tatalovic, Chairman of the Committee Group in the Council of Belgrade, Serbia

Facilitators:

  • Vjeran Piršić, Eko kvarner, Island Krk, Croatia
  • Sasha Maksimovski, Head of Department for Domestic Economy Support, PM Office, North Macedonia

Languages: MK, ENG, ALB

Option B: Youth-led Energy Transformation through Citizens-led Renovation

Wоrkshop with young leaders on “How to take initiatives at the local level and generate real transformation?

Input by:

  • Marko Mihailovski, President of SDYM

Facilitators: 

  • Srgjan Vidoeski, Project Manager, REScoop
  • Felix Kriedemann, Project Manager, REScoop

Languages: ENG

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:00

Option A: Why is this transition again man-led?
  • Monika Griefahn, Professor, and fmr. Minister of Environment, Germany
  • Kaja Shukova, Minister for Environment and Spatial Planning of N. Macedonia

Moderator: Nita Starova, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Skopje

Panel Discussion with women and all progressive actors on “How to transform the ongoing energy transition to a socially just and inclusive one?”

Languages: ENG

Option B: Regional Energy & Governance for a Resilient Future
  • Lena Bäckelin MP Sweden
  • Lana Prlić, MP Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dime Velkovski, MP North Macedonia

Moderator: Pavle Bogoevski, Progres Institute for Social Democracy

Workshop with energy experts and policymakers on creating synergies between the regions in order to interconnect better for a sustainable and resilient future

Languages: ENG

18:00

Concluding Remarks & The Way Forward


Podcast with Jovana Avramovska, “What makes the world go round?”, ZMAI

18:30

End of Programme

19:30

Farewell Cocktail

Welcome by:

  • Goran Gerasimovski, Mayor of Centar, N. Macedonia
  • Vangel Andrevski, Director of the first municipal solar enterprise “Energy Centar”


Location: “Matichno”, Municipality of Centar

Speakers

Razmena Cekic Durovic

State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of N. Macedonia

Goran Gerasimovski

Mayor of Municipality of Center

Nikolina Ribarić

Deputy Mayor of Jastrebarsko, Croatia

Nora Sophie Griefahn

Director of NGO Cradle to Cradle

Aleksander Kavčnik

TU, Slovenia

Selma Šehović

Moderator
FES SOE

Prof. Michael Braungart

C2C pioneer | Chair for Eco-Effectiveness and C2C Design | Leuphana University

kaja sukova

Kaja Shukova

Minister for Environment and Spatial Planning of N. Macedonia

Pero Kostadinov

Mayor of Valadnovo

Anja Margetić Stakić

Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Emiriana Sako

Mayor of Durres

Marin Gregorović

Mayor of Cres, Croatia

Dean Kosic

Energy Cooperative Ponikva, Krk, Croatia

Olimpija H. Zaevska

Moderator
Copenhagen Business School

Vjeran Piršić

Eko kvarner, Island Krk, Croatia

Sasha Maksimovski

Head of Department for Domestic Economy Support, PM Office, North Macedonia

Marko Mihailovski

President of SDYM

Srgjan Vidoeski

Project Manager, REScoop

Felix Kriedemann

Project Manager, REScoop

Monika Griefahn

Professor, and fmr. Minister of Environment, Germany

Nita Starova

Moderator
FES Skopje

Lena Bäckelin

MP Sweden

Lana Prlić

MP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dime Velkovski

MP North Macedonia

Pavle Bogoevski

Moderator
Progres Institute for Social Democracy

Sedat Arif

Deputy Mayor of Malmö 

Helena Austrell

Political Secretary of Upplands-bro Municipality

Qemajl Aliu

Mayor of Shtime, Kosovo

Sashko Mitovski

Mayor of Kriva Palanka, N. Macedonia

Aida Koluder

Member of Council in Centar, Sarajevo, BiH

Ema Neshkovska

Member of Council in Gostivar, N. Macedonia

Anel Ibeljić

Member of Council of Tuzla, BiH

Filip Tatalovic

Chairman of the Committee Group in the Council of Belgrade, Serbia

Milan Aleksic

Member of Council in Belgrade, Serbia

Jovana Avramovska

ZMAI

Vangel Andrevski

Director of the first municipal solar enterprise “Energy Centar”

Sasho Dodovski

Progres Institute for Social Democracy

Jonas Andersson

Olof Palme International Center

René Schlee

FES Dialogue Southeast Europe

Logistical note

Arrival and registration: Please arrive at the conference venue at the time envisaged for registration. There you will need to show your official invitation or participation badge.

Arrival by car: Should you arrive by car, please send us the license plates, brand, and model of the vehicle.

 

Organizers